Get your earphones, find a comfy chair, and settle in. This is the track you'll be pouring over all day. EON Productions, MGM and Sony have finally released Sam Smith's epic new Spectre theme song in full Writing's on the Wall, delivering a new soundtrack for super spy James Bond. And it's an instant classic. The song arrives with an introduction by the artist himself.

Multi-platinum selling artist Sam Smith has co-written this exciting new title song with fellow GRAMMY Award winner Jimmy Napes. It is the first James Bond theme song recorded by a British male solo artist since 1965. Smith's debut album In The Lonely Hour launched at No. 1 in the UK and bowed in at No. 2 in the US, and has since earned five No.1 UK singles, four GRAMMY Awards, three Brit Awards, six MOBO Awards, Q and AMA Awards. Commenting on the arrangement, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, the producers of Spectre, said this.

"Sam and Jimmy have written the most inspirational song for Spectre and with Sam's extraordinary vocal performance, 'Writing's On The Wall' will surely be considered one of the greatest Bond songs of all time."
 

The 23 previous James Bond theme songs make up some of the most memorable movie music of all time. The previous Bond theme song, Skyfall was performed by Adele, and was honored with the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, the Brit Award for British Single of the Year, and the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media. Sam Smith joins the ranks of other artists such as Madonna, Paul McCartney, Duran Duran, Carly Simon, and Sheena Easton just to name a few.

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In Spectre, a cryptic message from the past sends James Bond (Daniel Craig) on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organization known as Spectre.

Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond's actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot.

As Bond ventures towards the heart of Spectre, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz. Sam Mendes returns to direct Spectre, with Daniel Craig reprising his role as 007 for the fourth time. Spectre is produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.  The screenplay is by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Jez Butterworth, with a story by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade. Spectre is set for release in the UK on October 26, 2015, and in the US on November 6, 2015. You can purchase Writing's On the Wall from any number of outlets. What do you think? Does it stack up to the legacy of James Bond music?

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